Michelle Alexander, author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow, will speak on a plenary about the war on drugs, mass incarceration and criminal justice.
This award honors citizens who make democracy work in the difficult area of drug law and policy reform.
Pastor Kenneth Glasgow is an advocate for harm reduction, prison reform, and restoration of rights and opportunities for formerly incarcerated people, and the founder and President of The Ordinary People Society. TOPS provides rehabilitation/habilitation to formerly incarcerated people while creating programs that target youth before they reach the criminal justice system. Pastor Glasgow has gained the support of the Alabama Department of Corrections by allowing him to administer programs in Alabama prisons and jails. He is the Convener/Co-Convener of the National Criminal Justice Coalition, and the Co-chairman of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People Family Movement, State Partner for the New Bottom Line Campaign with DPA, Chaplin for The Second Congressional District, and Vice-Chairman of the Houston County A.D.C.
Instrumental in registering over 120,000 formerly incarcerated to vote in Alabama, he is the first to win a lawsuit where people convicted with felonies never lose their voting rights, incarcerated or not.